Archive for April, 2013

My Saturday mornings typically consist of sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee while watching HGTV and convincing myself to work out. My Sunday mornings tend to be a repeat of Saturday except swap out Friends for HGTV and getting ready for church for working out. Knowing that, you can see how I always believed these productive weekend mornings you hear about – you know, where breakfast is more than a bowl of cereal – were fabled. And then I lived one.

It was a full blown crazy productive morning. The kind where you fully intend to spend the morning on the couch with a cup of coffee and Friends, but your husband is in the yard setting up the sprinklers at 7:30. And that, of course, makes you feel like a total slacker so you find yourself starting a load of laundry and making pancakes – while still in your pajamas of course.

Nailed It/Failed It: Greek Yogurt Pancakes


Nailed it. I doubled the recipe thinking we’d have enough left over for the husband to reheat throughout the week. That didn’t happen. What did happen, however, was me making these again two days later. And two days after that. And two days after that. Seriously. I’ve made these at least four times (in muffin form because, as it turns out, I do not have the patience to flip pancakes) and now have the recipe memorized.


I did the banana version of these, but since all I had was plain yogurt, I added a teaspoon of vanilla (2 teaspoons when I doubled the recipe). I also added some cinnamon and mashed up a banana to add to the batter rather than do slices because slices make me gag. These are great in muffin form (or “breakfast cupcakes” as the husband likes to call them) and reheat like a champ in the microwave.


Bonus Pic

This is how a starving husband attempts to move things along.

Nailed It/Failed It: Greek Yogurt Pancakes





Original recipe from Recipe Girl.


On Sunday, the husband and I took the front yard from this:


to this:


Yes, we dug up the grass and planted half of what Lowes has to offer in one day. Why? Because we’re hardcore. Or idiots. Your call really. Either way, I’d say it’s pretty obvious neither of us had done a project like this before and didn’t realize just how long of a day it would be. But before we got started, I had a stroke of brilliance and realized the last thing I would want to do after spending all day digging up the yard is cook. Yet I also suspected we’d be ravenous. Thus I enlisted my good friend the Crock Pot (I’d say best friend but Advil’s holding that title).


Nailed It/Failed It: Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Tacos


Nailed it. These were everything I ever wanted on Sunday – easy and delicious. And yes, I realize it’s a real crap photo but I had just spent 7 hours in the yard and barely had the strength to hit the turn signal in my car. So basically what I’m saying is. . .you can deal.


I cooked it on low for 5 hours, skipped the slaw, and served them on tortillas topped with cheese and guac.




Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

The amount of tacos consumed in my house is ridiculous. We should probably feel mass amounts of shame over it, but we don’t. Ground turkey, chicken, crock pot – we don’t really care how they’re made as long as we can feast upon them at least once a week. So when I stumbled upon this taco skillet, there was no question it would become a part of our lives. The only question was, could I make this for dinner when we just had Qdoba for lunch? (The answer is yes by the way. Seriously. No shame.)


Nailed It/Failed It: Easy Taco Skillet


Nailed it. And since this is a taco skillet, I’m pretty sure that means we can have this and tacos all in the same week. No? Too much? Whatever. You don’t know my life.


None other than I obviously got a little carried away on the cheese.




Original recipe from My Food and Fitness Diaries.

You know how sometimes despite your best intentions, things don’t work out at all like you think they will? Like when your husband tells his dad he has an open invitation to visit and then 2 days later his dad calls saying he just booked a flight for 6 days (six!) without checking to see if those days even worked for you? Or when your husband’s dad shows up for said excessively long extended visit and insists on taking you and your husband to dinner every freakin’ meal despite the fact that you have a fridge full of produce that needs to be used? Or when something you recreated off of Pinterest looks nothing like the original despite following the instructions exactly?

Nailed It/Failed It: Melt In Your Mouth Chicken


I don’t even know. It was delicious, but there was no crispy looking coating to be found. I literally have no idea how they did it. Mine didn’t brown at all until I turned on the broiler, and even then, I did not end up with anything remotely resembling what Pinterest promised. If I had to guess, I’d say that photo doesn’t really go with that recipe. But you should make this anyway. It’s quite tasty (and incredibly easy) even if it is quite pale.


I used Italian seasoning instead of seasoning salt and put it under the broiler for a few minutes at the end. Honestly, it probably could have gone a little longer under the broiler, but I get paranoid about burning the hell out of things with that devil contraption.



Original recipe from Foodpinsnow. (If you know where this really originated, let me know and I’ll update this post.)